Lots of interesting tidbits and news coming from today and let me start by saying thanks to everyone who hopped on the live chat that Chad and I did during the lunch hour. We went for over an hour and the questions were still pouring in when the moderator finally collapsed from exhaustion and we had to stop. We touched on everything from free agency to trades, the lineup to the minor leagues and if you’re interested in seeing a replay of the chat just go here.
In processing the numerous things that went down both at and after the Curtis Granderson press conference today, two things struck me:
1. I’d rather have Hideki Matsui than Nick Johnson. It now seems that Johnson is very likely to complete the much-reported deal that brings him back to New York for one year and $5.5 million, and while he is certainly talented that sure seems to run contrary to the idea that Brian Cashman and other officials had been floating for awhile; that is, that they wanted a DH who also offered outfield flexibility.
If they were going to bring in a DH-only type player – which Johnson essentially is since Mark Teixeira isn’t sitting down with any regularity – than I don’t see the logic in letting Matsui go. At this point, both Johnson and Matsui are legitimate injury risks and while Johnson does fit as a solid No. 2 hitter because of his OBP abilities, that isn’t enough for me to pick him over Matsui (who, by the way, was as clutch a player as there is in the postseason – someplace that Johnson has struggled, admittedly awhile ago).
2. Hal Steinbrenner has more than a little of his dad in him. You can spin Hal’s comments on the payroll pretty much anyway you want, but you can bet that more than a few will see his “I don’t believe we’re done yet” comment as a sign that maybe, just maybe, the Yankees could be open to one more big splash a la Matt Holliday.
I still think it’s a longshot but I’ll say this: I’m less convinced of that now than I was before Hal spoke up. If the Yankees have taught us anything, it’s that nothing is out of the realm of possibility.